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Tanuj Thapliyal


Co-Founder, CEO & CTO


Tanuj Thapliyal is the co-founder, CEO, and CTO of Ikigai, a medical device company preparing for clinical studies. Prior, he was co-founder & CEO of Nona, a medical device company which developed and validated a technology to reduce catheter-associated hospital acquired infections. 

Before his medical device startups, Tanuj was a multidisciplinary hardware engineer and program manager at Meraki, a cloud networking startup that was acquired by Cisco for $1.2B during his tenure. At UCLA, he was a biosensor and bioelectronics researcher where he successfully developed several novel instruments and published his findings. 

"The UCLA VC Fund's current efforts integrating, growing, and promoting UCLA's unique and underrated startup ecosystem is an attractive means for me to "pay forward" to current students what prior Bruin entrepreneurs did for me. An equity pledge donation is also a great way for me to give back to the school, and contribute to the development of new entrepreneurship programs and services for students, faculty, and staff."

As an undergrad, Tanuj was actively engaged in UCLA's nascent entrepreneurship community, and attributes a large part of his formative professional development to numerous alumni who donated their time to mentor him. He graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a bachelors of science in electrical engineering.

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